2013 Ravenswood Zinfandel Barricia Vineyard

Year: 2013
Appellation: Sonoma Valley
Country: USA - California
Connoisseurs' Guide: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 88
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.1%
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76% Zinfandel, 24% Petite Sirah

"Arguably the deepest and most forcefully fruity of the generously filled Ravenswood bunch, the 2013 Big River is a big, beautifully rendered Zinfandel of great vigor and range. It is unwavering in its focus on optimally ripened blackberries with nary a hint of jammy excess, and it sports an uncommon element of brightness that extends all the way from its intense, many-layered aromas to its wonderfully sustained finish. It is so rich and outgoing that it seems certain to tempt early drinking, but it is structured to keep and is guaranteed to pay handsome dividends with five to ten years of cellaring. Reviewed: January 2016" (CG)

"Made with 24% Petite Sirah, this dusty, bold and highly structured wine from an historic vineyard site is intensely concentrated and extracted, exuding rich red berry. Cinnamon and black pepper dot the lengthy finish." (WE)

Winery Notes:
In 1978, Barbara Olesen and Patricia Herron bought a 36-acre vineyard in the heart of Sonoma Valley-a piece of property that in the 1840’s, General Mariano Vallejo had traded to his children’s music teacher in exchange for piano lessons. They christened it with a combination of their own names, calling this piece of land Barricia. Before long, the blackberry and pepper-spiced wine made from their 100-year-old vines was singled out by a string of well-known Sonoma wineries, finally settling at Ravenswood for its emblematic Sonoma Valley Zinfandel. After Barbara passed, Pat reluctantly decided to sell the ranch. She was fortunate to find buyers in Mel and Angela Dagovitz, who had been searching for a vineyard for years. After taking over the property, they intended to change its name but as they came to know it and Pat, they got the feeling they were part of a larger family and decided to keep the name Barricia.

The majority of Barricia is an old, low-production vineyard in a special location in Sonoma Valley. The ancient vines have low crop levels and minimal vine vigor, leading to thick-skinned grapes that provide the perfect balance between fruit and structure.

The 2013 Barricia Vineyard Zinfandel is a weighty wine with good texture. Black fruit and dark spice are matched with good acidity.